Sponsored by the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, examine the conflicting goals of organizations like Gary Haugen’s International Justice Mission, who are trying to help victims of sex-trafficking around the worrld, and the women victims, many of whom couldn’t wait to get out of places like Burma in the first place.
According to the Nation, many international human rights groups are opposed to IJM’s tactics, which seem to be focused on breaking down brothels around the world, and not giving the girls the “aftercare” adversited on its website.
“IJM talks about saving an individual,” says Joe Amon, director of the health and human rights division at Human Rights Watch. Amon met with the group in 2007 to discuss its tactics. “And what’s incredible is that it’s not clear if that individual has been saved. IJM is not clear on how aftercare leads to protection for these kids. I asked them about deportation of these girls. And they had no tracking for that, for any minors that had been repatriated. That to me is incredibly troubling.”
Ben Svasti is the executive director of Trafcord, a Thai organization that provides liaison among social workers, police and lawyers on trafficking cases cites major perspective differences between Americans, including the Bush Administration that heavily funded IJM, and the reality of life for sex-workers in places like Thailand.